Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Where has Shameka been???

It has been 3 weeks since I last blogged. What took me so long? Well, it really has been an eventful 3 weeks. Where do I start??

First of all, I modeled in a photoshoot for my hair salon House of Hair. They needed someone really daring to do a drastic change, so here are some of the "candid" shots on the day of the shoot.

I also went on a frenzy making a bunch of stitch markers. I have already updated my ETSY site with blog-button stitch markers for customization, so if you would like something made please don't hesitate to send me a message. I will make more updates soon, I promise.

These are for Carrie. They will be in the mail shortly. She was the only one to respond to THE CHALLENGE. She didn't have a blog button, so I created an image for her to use on her stitch markers. I also made them in her favorite color of blue. They can be used on worsted weight and chunky needles.
These are for Tawana. She was kind enough to gift me some Lorna's Laces sock yarn in Bittersweet. So, this is my way of saying "Thanks". These are for my Sit N' Knit Group. They were raffle prizes for our Worldwide Knit in Public Day event. It was so much fun. Congratulations to the five lucky people who won stitch marker prizes!!! These stitch markers are Limited Edition.
These were made especially for Me!!!

I also had a performance at a fairly new club in Brooklyn called LIME. The vibe was really nice, and we had a lot of fun. I am singing alongside the one and only Dane Gulston. I admire him as a musician so much. This man can play ANYTHING on that Steelpan!!! He had the crowd jammin' all night. And guess what?? He saw me knitting, and admires all of my various talents, including my knitting skills. He has already requested a hat from me. Not sure if I can make anything to surpass that Kangol hat that he is wearing, but I can surely try.
I went to see Sex And The City with my girls Tawana, Chante, and Saunielle. Afterwards we had sushi, and I thought this cup was so cute. We had a lot of fun, and I even got some knitting done.
Here is the knitting update!!!

While I was at the hair salon (all day), I started this Top-Down Raglan Cardigan . I am almost complete with the yoke. I am using Manos del Uruguay in color #118, Mulled Wine on size 9 needles. I love this color. The yarn smells a little like vinegar, but I can deal with it. I will use some Citrus flavored SOAK to make the foul smell go away when I am blocking.

I also made some progress on my Jaywalkers.

I started a new pair of socks for my Summer of Socks Knitalong. These are my Nutkins that I started this past Sunday. I am using Socks that Rock Mediumweight in "Mustang Sally" from my stash, and size 2.5mm Knitpicks 40 inch needles. I acquired it at Rhinebeck. I first fell in love with this color when I saw it on Deb's blog. I don't know what took me so long to make something with it. I LOVE THIS YARN!!! It feels so nice. I feel so happy that I matched the perfect pattern with the perfect yarn. The pattern is very easy to follow and remember, which makes it even nicer. I am currently on the third repeat of the pattern. I have to complete 8 repeats before I turn the heel. Once again, magic loop is my friend. I am afraid that I will never go back to double points. This 2-at-a-time technique is a winner!!! Now I just hope I can finish in 2 weeks to be eligible for that raffle prize. I already started a day late... Darn!! Wish me luck!!!

Also, in response to the comments in my last blog post, I will be making earrings to match the stitch markers for all of the Mekamika admirers out there. Thank you for all of the feedback, input and well wishes. Having good people like you to help guide my creativity is priceless.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Etsy Site Has Been Launched!!!

I just wanted everyone to know that I finally have my Etsy shop up and running. I am specializing in Stitch Markers and Jewelry for now. Who knows what my creative mind will come up with in the future???

I also created a new blog in addition to this one called MekaMika, which will focus mainly on my beading and jewelry escapades. Please feel free to check it out.
Here is some eye candy for you.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

I Have Been Tagged!!!

By...... Janet in this Meme.
So, here goes.

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was just finishing my very first year of college. I got 8 credits for AP Biology in High School, and was so happy that I didn't have to take general Biology all over again in College. I flew straight into the Chemistry. I was on the Dean's List the first semester, and kept the same grades going into the second.... only to find out that at the end of my real Freshman year, I was already a Sophomore based on credits, and the Dean's list was missed by 1 point. Arrgghh!!! Welcome to the real world.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):
1. Go to the Central Park for Sit N' Knit.
2. Get a microdermabrasion/peel kit. Need to look my best in a photoshoot that is scheduled for next sunday.
3. Knit my Central Park Hoodie. It has been sitting idle for way too long.
4. Make some stitch markers
5. Find someone to see Sex And the City with me, AND find a show that isn't already sold out.

3) Snacks I enjoy:
Crackers and Cheese (from Trinidad)
Rice Krispie Treats
Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Terra Chips
Pinkberry with Mango, Coconut, and Pineapple
White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse cake from Financiar (French Patisserie in the Financial District)
Haagen Dazs Ice Cream - Dulce de Leche, Caramel Waffle Cone, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle

4)Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Pay off my house and car. Buy houses for all of my cousins and their kids. Put away a college fund for all off the little cousins under 18, since I don't have any children yet. Buy another house with a storefront that I can use to sell Jewelry and Knitting Crapaphenilia. Adopt a child. Have some of my own kids. Donate money to scholarships for creative-minded people like me who get stuck in practical jobs, so that they can go back to school and change their careers, and have a lifetime of happiness. Buy a guesthouse in Tobago, and give some unemployed people and their families a chance to work in paradise. Give each employee a house of their own too. Go to the beach and get a serious tan. .. I am talking golden dipped chocolate baby!!! Finally pay for a year of Krav Maga classes, so noone can try to beat me up to steal my billion dollars. I may have to dismantle their family jewels with my foot first. Hehe!!! A girl's gotta protect herself.

5) Places I have lived.
Brooklyn, New York - Crown Heights, East New York, Flatbush, Canarsie
Hempstead, New York - for College

Six people I would like to tag are: NessaRenee, Chante, Tawana, Sauniell, Jane, and Penelope. Yes ladies, I am giving you a reason to update your blogs one more time.

So, I am on my self-imposed yarn buying ban.... and I decided to go to Michaels to buy this.

I will use it to wrap up Jewelry boxes for my up-and-coming custom jewelry design business, so they are really pretty. More details to follow.

I decided to peruse the yarn section, just because. I know I wasn't going to buy any yarn, but there was something else that made me weak. Have you heard of Knitpickers??? I am instantly in love. I think that it is better than the Total Tote that I bought before, because it is way more comfortable to carry on my shoulder. Also, I got a 25% off coupon in my email, so I definately made good use of it.
Have a knitterly wonderful day!!!